Re: Matthew and Gentiles
- At 02:58 PM 2/18/98 -0600, Lamar Cope wrote:
>The issue is far more complicated than the contrast between Mt 10Hello Lamar,
>and Mt 28. As early as Matthew 6 Gentiles are slurred in phrases
>like, "don't do as the Gentiles do." I have always felt that we
>want to read Matthew through Gentile Christian, even Pauline
>eyes. Tony Saldarini is probably correct. This community of
>Christian Jews was a sectarian Jewish group. Its mission to
>Gentiles involved Gentiles converting to their version of Judaism
>(Mt 5:17-20). Then they were acceptable. The only tension in
>the book on this issue is between a narrowly Palestinian mission
>and a broader mission to the nations which reflects not the time
>of Jesus versus the time of the church, but the time of the
>earliest Palestinian mission versus the post-70 setting.
But you seem to be assuming that in Mt 5:17-20 and elsewhere that the writer
of Matthew didn't feed in any redactions. But with his apparent Jewish
background, he could well have been motivated to redact his source at Mt
5:17 as well as at Mt 10:5b and at hosts of other places. (Just because
scholars can't agree on which verses were redacted and which weren't doesn't
mean that a lot of Matthew isn't redactions.) This is one way a "tension"
can be established -- between the original teachings, a few of which
persisted, at least in fragments, and the beliefs of the writer of Matthew.